Gowan is by far one of the best artists to have ever walked the face of the earth, NOT JUST IN CANADA, but all over this globe. Gowan was the first musician I started listening to, and was my very first tape, I was 4. I'm 23 now and though I like other bands such as NIN, I still listen to Gowan and find Strage Animal to be one of the most original albums ever made and very different compared to the other junk music that other 80's bands were releasing. Gowan was not a typical 80's band, his lyrics spoke of war, the potential darkness of the human mind, and human suffering, while other bands were singing: 'Everybody Wang Chung Tonight', 'The Locomotion' ,'Jump For My Love' and other boppy meaningless songs such as these. My favorite tracks are 'Guerilla Soldier', 'Keep the Tension On', 'Burning Torches of Hope', and my ultimate favorite of any of Gowan's songs is 'A Criminal Mind', which is one of the best and most unique songs to have ever been made. Strange Animal is a masterpiece anyone who finds music important should have.